This is only my personal opinion, but it is based on many separate experiences. I have come to prefer the sound of a really good MM or MI cartridge over that of high output MC cartridges as a class. This is not to say that one superb HOMC might not sound better than another very good MM, but it is my general conclusion to the point where I don't bother with HOMCs at all. If you need high output, I recommend you go toward a very good MM or MI cartridge. Remember, an MI cartridge actually has lower moving mass than an MC, especially an HOMC where the cantilever is pushing around a fairly substantial coil. Maybe this is the reason for my observations. Don't really know. For me, its LOMC or MM/MI but not HOMC.